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Demand for IT NHS contractors continues to gather at pace

Demand for IT NHS contractors continues to gather at pace as reorganisation deadline looms

IT recruiter max20 is experiencing unprecedented demand for contractors as the NHS’ end of March reorganisation deadline comes into view.

The surge in vacancies started in autumn according to max20’s MD Don Tomlinson, and has gathered pace since.

Business analysts, technical support and project managers have been in particular demand.

Tomlinson, who has worked solely in NHS IT recruitment for the past 12 years, states: “The imminent phasing out of the Primary Care Trusts with Clinical Commissioning Groups and Commissioning Support Units could lead to a major shortfall in staff that we have never seen before.”

max20 has already placed over 50 specialist contractors in January compared to 100 for the first three months of 2012, which had been the best to date.

Tomlinson comments: “The shortfall is being made more acute as NHS IT staff retire or seek new challenges elsewhere and need to be replaced.

“I believe the reorganisation will see a hectic couple months ahead as we try and source the right skills and experience.  While some positions will not need NHS experience, others such as clinical specialists will.  It is where the challenge is.”

Tomlinson sums up: “We are going into uncharted waters recruitment wise.  We don’t know when demand will settle down.  We have been recruiting for ourselves and we are looking at bringing extra staff to handle assignments.”


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